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Macular Degeneration Fact Sheets

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Clinical Trials for Macular Degeneration (Image courtesy of the National Eye Institute)

Macular Degeneration Treatments

Most of the common treatments described here impact wet macular degeneration. It is important to note that there is currently no specific treatment for dry macular degeneration; however, taking a specific high-dose formula of vitamins and mineral supplements (the "AREDS" formula) can significantly reduce the risk of progressing from intermediate dry macular degeneration to advanced or wet macular degeneration. Learn more...

Healthy Living with Macular Degeneration

Healthy Living with Macular Degeneration

People who are visually impaired benefit from a healthy lifestyle that contributes to overall well-being. This includes regular exercise-adjusted to ensure safety-and a nutritious diet that may help protect remaining vision. Learn more...

Take Charge of Your Healthcare: Essential Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Macular Degeneration

Essential Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Macular Degeneration

Take an active role in managing your healthcare by having an open conversation with your doctor. Write down your questions ahead of time, and don't leave the office without understanding the recommendations for your condition, your doctor's responsibilities, and your responsibilities. Learn more...

Macular Degeneration Frequently Asked Questions

Macular Degeneration: Frequently Asked Questions

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye disease that causes deterioration of the macula, the central area of the retina. The retina is a paper-thin tissue at the back of the eye where light-sensitive cells send visual signals to the brain. Sharp, clear, straight-ahead vision, color, and fine detail are processed by the macula, and damage to this area results in blind spots and blurred or distorted vision. When the macula is damaged, many daily activities such as driving and reading become increasingly difficult. Read the answers to the most frequently asked question about this eye disease.

Clinical Trial Information for Macular Degeneration

It can take many years for a potential treatment for macular degeneration to work its way from the laboratory to rigorous testing and, finally, approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The process begins in the lab with basic investigations using cells and specially bred animal models. Next, translational research moves the therapy to the human setting. Finally, the drug is tested on humans in clinical trials divided into three phases: I, II, and III. Learn more...

Healthy Vision Checklist

Best Practices for Healthy Vision

Follow the suggestions on this checklist to maintain healthy vision throughout your life. Learn more...

Low Vision Resource List

Low Vision Resource List

View an extensive list of organizations to assist the visually impaired. Learn more...

Low Vision Support Groups

Low Vision Support Groups

View a comprehensive list of low vision support groups.. Learn more...

Last Review: 08/23/13


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